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Subject: Validation service does URLs, levels, and mcom DTD
From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 27 Oct 94 19:45:54 EDT

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This is a pre-announcement concerting the latest update of:

HaLsoft HTML Validation Service
$Id: validation-form.html,v 1.14 1994/10/27 23:18:40 connolly Exp $

I'm sending this to a relatively small audience so we can work out
some kinks before announcing to www-talk, comp.text.sgml, and
maybe even whats-new@ncsa and such.

**1** The validation service now allows you to enter a list of URLs. It
checks each of the listed documents. It currently uses
	system("lynx -dump -source")
as a quick hack to get the data. I don't know what would happen if
you pointed it at a postscript file or some such. Please don't try it.

**2** There are options to control the amount of output you get back:

 Show Input 
   Include input data in response. 
  Show Parser Output 
   Include detailed parser output in response 
  Show Formatted Output 
   Include displayed version of document in response 

**3** There are options to select which DTD you want to validate against:

   Verify that only recommended idioms are used: 
      No obsolete nor deprecated elements are used (XMP, LISTING) 
      A elements contain only inline markup (no H1 inside A, for example). 
      No text outside of paragraph elements. 
      Anchor names are unique and begin with a letter 
  Level 0 
   Verify that this document is valid even on minimally conforming implementations. 
  Level 1 
   Verify that this document is valid on Level 1 implementations (no forms markup is used). 
  Level 2 
   Verify that this document is valid on fully conforming Level 2 implementations (forms
   markup may be used). 
   Include the Mosaic Communications Corp. Netscape HTML extensions. (This is a DTD
   that I created from their documentation -- not a DTD that they maintain.) 

Also, we're working on a little "Certified!" icon that we hope folks
will plaster all over their validated documents. Kind of like the
"Netware: YES!" or Windows '95 icon. Very trendy. We haven't decided
just what it will look like yet.

Right now you get a boring "Check complete. no errors found." message.
Big whoop.

Anyway... we hope these changes will make the service more useful
to folks out there.

Give it a try. Let us know what you think!


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